May 18, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:
School Calendar- The School Board approved amending the School Calendar to 174 days for students. Therefore, students will be dismissed on June 15th (1/2 day of School) for the Summer. Students will return on Wednesday, August 29, 2018!
Graduate Research Survey – As noted previously, Val Carey has spent this year working on an action research project that focuses on improving family-school partnerships. She has developed a survey to gather information related to your expectations for the roles of various members of the school community in forming effective partnerships. We hope that the information gathered will provide insight to make our family-school partnership even better. There will be links on the school website in the “Live Feed” section and on the school Facebook page to access the survey. Paper copies will be available in the Main Office if you would prefer. Please return paper surveys to the “Surveys” envelope in the main office as well as completing the online survey by May 31st. This feedback will be used to strengthen our relationship. Thank you in advance.
Talent Show – Just a reminder! Please join us tomorrow, May 18th at 6:30 PM for the “Winchester Spectacular” hosted by the PTA! Admission is $3 per person and no more than $5 per family. Come and support our local talent.
Senior Night- Just want to remind you again that on May 24th at 6:00 pm in the gym, the School Board is sponsoring Senior Night. Scholarships and prizes will be awarded. This proves to be an exciting event for all. Hope to see you there, congratulating our Senior Winchester students! We, as a community, are proud of their accomplishments.
Kindergarten Informational Session - On Wednesday of this week our talented kindergarten teachers, Emily Henderson, Alison Cox and Amanda Nordberg presented information to parents and answered questions about the Kindergarten program. Gift bags with special items were given to parents. There will be another Kindergarten Session on Saturday, May 19th in the School Library beginning at 9 AM. If you have a child beginning Kindergarten next year, don’t miss this opportunity.
Teen Assessment Project (TAP) Survey – Students in grades 6th through 8th will be given an opportunity to anonymously share their views on a variety of topics. The School Board was provided a copy of the survey and a presentation was made regarding how this information helps direct our Health Curriculum. This survey has been given to our students every two years beginning in 2007. However, there has been a legislative change that asks parent to opt in rather than opt out. Therefore, the principal has sent out a letter explaining the survey purpose with a permission form on the bottom of the letter. You are encouraged to check the appropriate box and return it to the school. This survey will be administered on June 4th.
Teacher Work Day, Friday, May 25th, No School for Students – Teachers will be engaged in a workshop expanding their math strategies for improving Number Sense Instruction with an expert and co-author of Math in Practice. All students will benefit from this informative professional development.
No School, Monday, May 28th, Memorial Day Weekend – This will be an extra- long weekend for students and families with school not in session on Friday and Monday. Please enjoy this weekend and remember to take some time to remember those who gave their lives to protect the principles this country was founded upon. These fallen soldiers made the supreme sacrifice so we could enjoy the freedom they fought so valiantly to protect. It is so important to keep their memory alive.
Wax Museum – Parents and staff were treated to a special educational event when fifth grade students shared their research on historical figures by dressing up and acting the part! This was such an amazing experience for all. A special thanks to our creative 5th grade teachers, Erin Crawford, Brenna Iselin, and Hannah Gagnon.
Looking for Fall Soccer Coaches – We are looking for people interested in coaching soccer in the Fall. If interested, please contact our Athletic Director, Ashlee Nicholson at the school: 239- 4381.
Fulbright Scholarship – It is a pleasure to announce that Crystal Card, who attended the Winchester School and went on to become President of the Keene High Class of 2014 has recently been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. While at Keene High School she was in the Drama Club, Class Council and Student for a Free Tibet. Additionally, she served others by participating in Upward Bound, Safe Schools Ambassador, Jostens Renaissance, Lights for Laurie, Junior Lions, Club and volunteered to be a big sister to a Winchester child. Crystal will be living in India for nine months, and working at the Siksha-Satra School which was founded in 1913 by Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Asian man to win the Nobel Literature prize for poetry. Congratulations Crystal! We are so proud of you! Safe travels!
Thank you for taking the time to review this Newsletter.
Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey